Dr. Hicks addresses cultural cancer disparities
Description: Dr. William Hicks, M.D., professor of clinical internal medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center and oncologist at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, addressing cultural cancer disparities. Approximately seven years ago I was given the opportunity to join The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center as its Co-Director of Diversity Enhancement. That was an opportunity that was too good to pass up. It was an opportunity to hopefully have an impact on a problem that Im passionate about and thats the problem of cancer disparity in our country.
The cancer disparity is quite impressive. In the United States, African-Americans die approximately 33 percent more frequently than do non-African-Americans as a result of cancer. Some cancers are even more striking. We have a program called Grandmas Hands, which is a program designed to teach women, older women, about cancer. We teach them about cancer prevention, appropriate cancer screening and to be more aware consumers of cancer help when they need it. And these folks who are taught then go out into the community and teach others. We have an interactive radio program encouraging our listeners to call with questions or comments regarding timely topics that relate to cancer; this program is called Its All About Health. This program allows us to make sure that we feature at least one clinical trial thats currently available at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.